Physical Therapist Assistant SIG

The purpose of the Physical Therapist Assistant Special Interest Group (PTA SIG) is to provide a means by which physical therapist assistants, physical therapists, and students may meet, exchange information, identify issues, and network. We are a mentoring group that provides guidance and direction from the clinical level to membership support. Those with a common interest in a special area of physical therapy may confer and exchange ideas. The SIG is a clinical resource for all APTA Pennsylvania members and the SIG.

In addition, we respond to areas of concern related to PTA SIG members in guiding questions to the appropriate area of support. We advocate and advance the needs of PTAs throughout the commonwealth. As one of many APTA Pennsylvania SIGs, we support all areas of clinical practice, yet provide specific PTA content, address needs, and concerns and support PTAs within APTA.

Membership to the APTA Pennsylvania Physical Therapist Assistant Special Interest Group is free. PTA members are auto-enrolled into the PTA SIG. If you would like to opt out, please get in touch with the APTA Pennsylvania Office.

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PTA e-Newsletter Archive

Welcome to the PTA SIG e-Newsletter Archive! Review the currently published e-Newsletters that highlight relevant PTA information within the Commonwealth.  If you have any questions or would like to suggest PTA resources to highlight in a future e-newsletter, please get in touch with PTA SIG Chair Ann Lowrey, PTA.

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PTA Focus

The PTA Focus piece introduces the APTA Pennsylvania membership to an active Physical Therapist Assistant by highlighting the excellent work provided by the clinician within our commonwealth. The articles will explain why membership is important and how one views their career as a PTA.

Review the recent PTA Focus piece on the
PTA Focus Archives page

APTA Pennsylvania Steven Kolumban PTA Award

The Steven Kolumban PTA Award acknowledges a Physical Therapist Assistant member of the APTA Pennsylvania who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in clinical practice, community service, and personal commitment to Physical Therapy. A nominee for the award must be a member of the APTA Pennsylvania chapter, as well as:

  • A member in good standing of the PTA Special Interest Group for two (2) years.

  • An individual may receive the award only once in a three (3) year period.

  • Members of the PTA SIG Executive Committee shall not be eligible for the award during their respective terms of service.

Award nominations are now open - submit your nomination.

View the Criteria & story of the Steven Kolumban PTA SIG Award
Review Our Past Steven Kolumban SIG Award Winners

PTA Advanced Proficiency

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View Current PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) Recipients


Melissa Sell
Term ends: 12/31/23
Vicki Tobin
PTA SIG Vice Chair
Term ends: 12/31/24
Christine Clark
PTA SIG Secretary
Term ends: 12/31/25

APTA Pennsylvania Mental Health Resources

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